Eight Steps to Help Bounce Back from Vacation

Ever wondered how you reduce the stress and chaos that ensues your family’s return from vacation? The trick lies in assessing what you and your family will need and preparing ahead of time. Combating fatigue Plan nothing for the first day after you return and keep your appointment schedule light for the following week to… Read More

Preventing Skin Allergies On Vacation

Travel is usually associated with good times, and beautiful memories can also trigger unexpected skin reactions in many autistic and other special needs vacationers. In theory almost anything can trigger a response; anywhere from your hotel soap, using the public laundromat to excessive sweating and walking in hot temperatures. That, in turn, can lead to complaining, whining, refusal… Read More

9 Life Skills Your Child Can Learn from Souvenir Shopping

  Once you experience the world with a child with autism, you realize that there are many daily routines that we take for granted, and we don’t consider how many skills are involved. For children with autism, it can be difficult to learn and generalize certain skills, so every routine can potentially become a learning… Read More

20 Travel Tips my Kids Learned the Hard Way

One of our favorite pastimes, when we return from our vacations, is to get together and compile updated family lists of what we call our top twenty travel tips our kids learned the hard way. This year’s winner details those “defining” moments in travel that taught them valuable lessons. A word of caution before you… Read More

Ten Things You Should Know About Travel Before Booking

Traveling with special needs children to a foreign country can be a daunting task. Here are the ten things you should know about travel before booking your next trip.  Passport and Visas If you have already obtained a passport, make sure to check its expiration date, as some countries will not allow you to enter if your… Read More

Four Easy Ways to Make Hotel Stays More Pleasant

The adage goes: “There is always room for improvement” and that applies to the travel industry as a whole and the hotel industry in particular. After a decade of travel and hundreds of hotel stays, here is our list of the changes we’d like to see in hotels. We’re hopeful that hotel chains and owners… Read More

Traveling Successfully with Autism

The first time I was asked by a reader how to start traveling, I thought she was pulling my leg. However, I soon discovered that many families with autism had no idea what to do and how to get the process going. Since summer is almost here, I’m sharing some of my tips with you… Read More

Top Ten Tips for Traveling with Autism

Over the past few weeks, some parents to kids with autism, have approached us with questions to help plan their holiday travel. Although special-needs travel tends to be multi-faceted and somewhat individualized in nature, we’ve learned some things over the years that we hope can help others travel smarter and have a better vacation.For those readers, as well as others,… Read More

How to Spend your Next ‘Stay-cation’

Last month, someone posted a comment on my blog criticizing me for encouraging readers to ‘travel’ during the current difficult economic times. I realized that she like many other people regarded ‘travel’ like an expensive affair that involved long haul flights, distant locations, and extended hotel stays. Although that might be the definition of some,… Read More

Ten Cultural Differences My Kid Learned from Traveling

One of the fascinating aspects of having visited as many countries as our son with autism has, is the opportunity to form his unique perspective of how the world differs from his suburban Los Angeles enclave. In fact just last week, he compiled his top ten cultural differences he learned from traveling. #1 Is THAT a toilet?… Read More

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